There are two distinct categories of custody: legal, and physical. When practical, legal custody is awarded jointly; this allows both parents to have a say in matters of education, medical care, school, extracurricular activities, and other important decisions pertaining to the child. Physical custody may be awarded to one parent, or both parents may share physical custody in some percentage.
If one parent is awarded sole physical custody of a child, the court may create a visitation schedule enabling the child to spend time with the noncustodial parent. Only in cases where there could be danger to the child would an order of no visitation be put into place. Visitation can be scheduled daily, what is considered “reasonable” with less structure than a court enforced set schedule, or may be supervised by a third party. Generally, it is preferable for the parents to work out issues pertaining to custody and visitation together; however, if you cannot agree, I will present the strongest case possible to the court for your position regarding these important matters.
As a family law attorney in Contra Costa and Alameda County, I have represented parents in a whole range of custody and visitation matters. Contact FLAG PC today and discuss your situation with me; we will then work together to determine how best to present your position in court.